Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes hailed new manager Erik Ten Hag’s uncompromising stance on punctuality and said the Premier League club lacked discipline prior to the Dutchman’s arrival.
Ten Hag was appointed manager of the Manchester club in April, replacing caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick, and Fernandes said he was urging United players to improve their timekeeping from the start.
“We’ve missed that for a while and discipline is important,” Fernandes told reporters on Wednesday. “Discipline is not just the way you play, the position you have, what you have to do; it’s also off the field.
“Don’t be late for meetings. Don’t be late for meals. This is really important because if everyone is on time and someone is late, they should be penalized.
“It’s really good that he’s doing that (penalizing players for being late) and amazing because I like being on time so I won’t have any problems with that.”
Fernandes added that he was unsure about the future of his United and Portugal team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, which has become the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks.
Ronaldo, 37, has reportedly told the club that he wants to leave the club to play Champions League football and has not joined the squad for the pre-season tour that begins in Thailand due to family issues.
“I don’t know what Cristiano said to the club and the coach, but we have to respect his freedom,” said Fernandes.
“Cristiano was our top scorer last season; he added goals. But it’s not up to me; It’s the club that has to make the decisions and Cristiano makes his own. I don’t know what goes through his head when he wants to leave.”
United, who finished sixth in the Premier League last season, open the new league season on August 7 at home to Brighton and Hove Albion.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/manchester-united-erik-ten-hag-bruno-fernandes-b2128036.html Manchester United players need Erik ten Hag’s discipline, says Bruno Fernandes